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  • Cricket to Launch First Prepaid iPhone in U.S. on June 22nd


    In less than one month, the first prepaid iPhone in the U.S. will become available.

    On Thursday, Cricket Wireless confirmed that it will become the nation's first prepaid wireless carrier to serve up the iPhone. Beginning June 22nd, the touchscreen Apple smartphone will be launched with an unlimited plan costing $55-per-month.

    As of this writing, plans call for Cricket to sell the 16-GB iPhone 4S for $500 without a contract. The 8-GB iPhone 4, on the other hand, will cost $400. The unlimited $55 talk, text and data plan applies to both devices.

    "Our customers want the best products available and we are excited to bring iPhone to our pre-paid consumers with an industry leading $55 per-month service plan," said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer with Leap Wireless International. "Launching iPhone is a major milestone for us and we are proud to offer iPhone customers attractive nationwide coverage, a robust 3G data network and a value-packed, no-contract plan."

    Cricket says that pre-sales will begin online June 15th. But with Cricket's network covering only about 90 million Americans, not everyone will have immediate access to this opportunity.

    Sources: Cricket, CNN Money
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cricket to Launch First Prepaid iPhone in U.S. on June 22nd started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      "the best products" lol, the iPhone is not the best smartphone at the moment.
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      "the best products" lol, the iPhone is not the best smartphone at the moment.
      Only in your opinion. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    1. Kenn@rd.'s Avatar
      Kenn@rd. -
      Quote Originally Posted by Greatbiguns View Post
      I'm not too familiar with Cricket but its worth looking into to find out more.
      That Straight Talk and Even T-Mobile Pre-Paid all sound like good options. I would be looking to use a GSM version but definitely worth looking into.
      Thanks for all this info everyone
      um.... neVer!
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by KraXik View Post
      Only in your opinion. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
      unless you compare specs. there are android phones that do much more and are more powerful than the iPhone
    1. djmexi08's Avatar
      djmexi08 -
      They're not the only ones with a prepaid I am with c spire on their flex pay with an iPhone 4s which is just a better way of saying prepaid.
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      unless you compare specs. there are android phones that do much more and are more powerful than the iPhone
      Great.

      A PC has even better specs than a phone. Doesn't mean it's a better phone.

      Not everything is black and white. Much more to life than 'specs'. Design, service, usability, apps, community, etc etc etc.
    1. oddphone20's Avatar
      oddphone20 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Donnutt View Post
      CDMA? I'll pass. I wouldn't buy a phone where I could only use half of it at a time. "you can talk! ....or use Internet." "You can receive picture texts! ...oh but not while your on the phone. You have to hang up before you can download that picture I just sent you. "
      I have a Verizon iPad and use Talkatone as my phone and can download apps or browse the Internet while talking on the phone. Are Verizon iPhones different in some way? I do understand that I am running two "apps". But is there a diffence? This is all on 3G with wifi turned off.
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      This is an embarrassment to T-Mobile for sure, CricKet get's the iPhone? LOL, that company is ghetto fabulous and only drug dealers and pimps use their service so they can get rid of phones quickly if need be, totally embarrassing!

      On the other hands, that 55 dollar unlimited plan is going to KILL the competition...I can't wait to see this go down.

      One question though, does CricKet only do non-contract or can you do a contract and get the phone for a huge discount like the other carriers do? If you have to pay retail and have no choice, that's gonna be tough on some folks but still, that monthly plan is a killer deal! Now, can their network actually support this or are they going to turn into Sprint with 0.25kbps download speed?
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by KraXik View Post
      Great.

      A PC has even better specs than a phone. Doesn't mean it's a better phone.

      Not everything is black and white. Much more to life than 'specs'. Design, service, usability, apps, community, etc etc etc.
      "Great."
      Now you're comparing pc's to a smartphone. That makes sense.
      as for specs i mean processors, display, battery life, camera, performance etc. But there is no way anyone can call the iPhone the best smartphone, even I know this, and i LOVE iOS.
    1. Roadw3's Avatar
      Roadw3 -
      That's a great price for an unlimited plan wonder if the data speeds are Sprint like or not. I own a factory unlocked iPhone 4 GSM so I wonder if I could just put one of their sim cards in and go cause that is less than half of what I pay on AT&T.
    1. Kenn@rd.'s Avatar
      Kenn@rd. -
      Quote Originally Posted by KraXik View Post
      Only in your opinion. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
      Understood. My thing is they would they be able to jay-bee the thing?
    1. amoamare's Avatar
      amoamare -
      Quote Originally Posted by trdragons44 View Post
      LTE and CDMA use two different antennas so voice + data is possible. Only CDMA cannot use voice + data.
      You obviously didn't read what I said.
      I know that LTE and CDMA are to different frequencies and radio chip sets.

      I clearly stated that those devices work with talk and web on BOTH the LTE and CDMA. Meaning that even on the 3G network only IE like cricket if you had it flashed you would still get TALK and WEB at the same time. Because the device has to radio chipsets built in to do this. So yes you can in fact have VOICE and WEB on CDMA. One chipset to handle voice + text, the other chipset to handle Data. Its all about if the manufacture wants to do that or not.
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      "Great."
      Now you're comparing pc's to a smartphone. That makes sense.
      as for specs i mean processors, display, battery life, camera, performance etc. But there is no way anyone can call the iPhone the best smartphone, even I know this, and i LOVE iOS.
      The iPhone is the best smartphone ever. See? Someone can say it!
      But seriously, it's all preference. I say my iPhone is "better" than any other phone on the market. But that's just my opinion. It's my choice to use my iPhone over some droid or blackberry. I don't care about the specs, mine works, it's fast and efficient, and it works well between all my Macs and PCs. Therefore, to me, it's the best phone out there!
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      How in the hell does a pre paid phone cost $55 a month? Hello, I'm pre paid on tmobile and I only purchase minutes when I need them. I don't have them forced down my throat. What the heck would be the point in a pre paid phone if I have to buy minutes every month? Duh.
    1. jaybeans821's Avatar
      jaybeans821 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chalty669 View Post
      Straight talk has supported sim card iPhones with its service for a while now. $30 for 1000 minutes 1000 texts and 30 mb of data. Or $45 for unlimited everything for a month.
      No its not a first!!! but it is a first to get data included< no other carrier gives data at all unless you do something to the phones vpn or apn something like changing the numbers, idk but this does sound intriguing, i only wish i didnt have att gsm right now or i would be all over that if i had cdma!!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by Donnutt View Post
      CDMA? I'll pass. I wouldn't buy a phone where I could only use half of it at a time. "you can talk! ....or use Internet." "You can receive picture texts! ...oh but not while your on the phone. You have to hang up before you can download that picture I just sent you. "
      WOW!! is that a fact!! i didnt know that as i have gsm att>>

      its safe to say that within a few years they will all have unlimited pre-paid plans when i first got my iphone i heard about the att prepaid but you dont get data just talk and text and you would need to be home or wherever you get wiFi to get on the web... and the customer service lady said that att was working on a data plan for prepaids but she wasnt sure when cause the word was that att wasnt able to decide on a right price for them not to lose and for it to be cheaper for us as not to pay 100 bucks a month...but this was over a year ago and still dont see talk, text and data plan for att prepaid...
    1. Kenn@rd.'s Avatar
      Kenn@rd. -
      Quote Originally Posted by amoamare View Post
      You obviously didn't read what I said.
      I know that LTE and CDMA are to different frequencies and radio chip sets.

      I clearly stated that those devices work with talk and web on BOTH the LTE and CDMA. Meaning that even on the 3G network only IE like cricket if you had it flashed you would still get TALK and WEB at the same time. Because the device has to radio chipsets built in to do this. So yes you can in fact have VOICE and WEB on CDMA. One chipset to handle voice + text, the other chipset to handle Data. Its all about if the manufacture wants to do that or not.
      u r so correct. I stand wrong.
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      AWS-only markets are SOL, according to the list of cities offering the phone initially. Future gens might be a different story.

      Too bad one probably won't be able to use a Cricket iPhone 4/S in Vegas or Chicago or the other half dozen AWS-only areas.
    1. LrdBane's Avatar
      LrdBane -
      Well crickets data comes from sprint and the 55 a month unlimited they have offered on android phones works ok. I always wondered about taking a 4S and having cricket service. But I'm on a tmobile 45 a month unlimited everything plan and the only difference to me would be the faster speed. Which to save battery I would more than likely turn off lol
    1. k1653d's Avatar
      k1653d -
      Silly rabbits. H2O wireless. $60 no contract, prepaid runs off At&t's network, 3G, no need to unlock for unlimited talk and text plus 2gb of data.

      You can get unlimited talk, text and edge with Simple Mobile for $40.
    1. LDJohn55's Avatar
      LDJohn55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by silent1643 View Post
      Not really unlimited with straight talk but good price however
      Yeah, it's a bait and switch for heavy users. They want to suck you away from your current carrier, then when you exceed 2.3GB, you're shut down to pay for another refill at $55.00.

      It is like Virgin Mobile, except you can use your purchased $400/$500 iPhone instead of their cheap phones.

      You should also be concerned whether you will have coverage in your neck of the wood (community for those without any imagination).

      I will keep my crappy Virgin Mobile LG (did I say crappy?) phone that I tether with my JB iPad2/3GS as needed for $40/mo. For 1,200 talk,UL text, UL data .....throttle comes at 2.5GB.

      I'm using the 3GS WiFi and GPS without a SIM card in Paris, FR without a glitch. I bought the 3GS for $50 from a profane when the iPhone4 first sold.

      Everywhere I turn, I see Frenchies with the 3GS.

      My $.02